A Great Prayer for the Downtrodden from Psalm 41

(Psalm 41:5-13  ESV)  (5) My enemies say of me in malice, “When will he die, and his name perish?”  (6) And when one comes to see me, he utters empty words, while his heart gathers iniquity; when he goes out, he tells it abroad.  (7) All who hate me whisper together about me; they imagine the worst for me.  (8) They say, “A deadly thing is poured out on him; he will not rise again from where he lies.”  (9) Even my close friend in whom I trusted, who ate my bread, has lifted his heel against me.  (10) But you, O LORD, be gracious to me, and raise me up, that I may repay them!  (11) By this I know that you delight in me: my enemy will not shout in triumph over me.  (12) But you have upheld me because of my integrity, and set me in your presence forever.  (13) Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting! Amen and Amen.

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UPDATE Sept 2021: I have come to believe that Jeff Crippen does not practise what he preaches. He vilely persecuted an abuse victim and spiritually abused many other people in the Tillamook congregation. Go here to read the evidence. Jeff has not gone to the people that he spiritually and emotionally abused. He has not apologised to them, let alone asked for their forgiveness.

5 thoughts on “A Great Prayer for the Downtrodden from Psalm 41”

  1. I thought about David’s words, and how so many “well-meaning” Christians would have said of him, or “to” him, today….

    “You need to move on.”
    “You need to forgive.”
    “You need to let it go.”
    “Vengeance is the Lord’s.” (which it is). Let “God” do what is needed to be done to the offender.

    Yet, it is a prayer, to God, for God to raise “him” (David) up, so “he” (David) can repay them for what “they” have done “to him”, or “said of him”. Kinda shocking….and comforting, and of course, validating, that there “is” something even the offended, “can” do, to redeem a bad situation….God can use us, or someone working on behalf of an offended, to work His will on the offenders for what they do to destroy the innocent.

    We can “do something” to prevent further abuse of others.

  2. John Gill is one of my favorite commentator’s on the Bible, and I was surprised to see how he commented on this Psalm, “as a prophecy of Christ relationship with Judas” versus David himself saying these words, even going as far to say it is not David, or even Hezekiah’s situations being spoken of? See below. But, I also went to Matthew Henry’s commentary, and found a more literal interpretation of the same chapter (see below Gill).

    John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible.
    Psalms 41
    (John Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible. [Internet Archive link])


    To the chief Musician, a Psalm of David. In this psalm is a prophecy concerning Christ, and concerning Judas Iscariot, as runs part of the title in the Syriac version; and in the Arabic version it is called a prophecy concerning the incarnation, and the salutation of Judas; and certain it is that Ps 41:9 is to be understood of him, and of his betraying Christ into the hands of his enemies, since it is cited and applied to him by our Lord himself, Joh 13:18; so that having such a sure rule of interpretation, we may safely venture to explain the whole psalm of Christ, which treats both of his humiliation and exaltation; for it neither agrees with David wholly, nor with Hezekiah, to whom some ascribe it, as Theodoret remarks.

    Matthew Henry commentary
    Psalm 41
    (Psalms 41 [Internet Archive link])

    God’s kindness and truth have often been the support and comfort of the saints when they have had most experience of man’s unkindness and treachery. David here found them so, upon a sick-bed; he found his enemies very barbarous, but his God very gracious. I. He here comforts himself in his communion with God under his sickness, by faith receiving and laying hold of God’s promises to him (v 1-3) and lifting up his heart in prayer to God (v. 4). II. He here represents the malice of his enemies against him, their malicious censures of him, their spiteful reflections upon him, and their insolent conduct towards him (v. 5-9). III. He leaves his case with God, not doubting but that he would own and favour him (v. 10-12), and so the psalm concludes with a doxology (v. 13). Is any afflicted with sickness? let him sing the beginning of this psalm. Is any persecuted by enemies? let him sing the latter end of it; and we may any of us, in singing it, meditate upon both the calamities and comforts of good people in this world. To the chief musician. A psalm of David. [Emphasis original.]

  3. Oh yes, what a wonderful psalm. The Scriptures contain the answers for victims because God is the source of true justice and the original Advocate for justice and righteousness. Without Him, there can be no justice, and with Him, injustice will never prevail!

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